When he left his job on the Chamber of Commerce to work for Genesee County, Steven Falitico had a shade of concern.
“I’m new to all of this, I’m from the non-public sector. I’ve tried to ingrain myself,” he stated throughout a county assembly Wednesday. “I believed the job was going to be a bit of boring, however a whole lot of issues are coming at me quick.”
Falitico is the county’s new public communications and net design specialist. Not solely is he new to the place, however it’s new to the county. Falitico will probably be accountable for creating, designing and coordinating web sites and numerous social media platforms, and disseminating information and data by quite a lot of media retailers.
Wednesday he was given a unique cost: promote vacancies within the county, together with corrections officers and election inspectors. Many county administrators have been reporting a scarcity of candidates for openings of their departments, from Psychological Well being and Veterans Companies to the Genesee County Sheriff’s Workplace and Board of Elections.
Not that county officers haven’t already taken steps to spice up curiosity. Earlier this 12 months the county agreed to waive all Civil Service test fees for the remaining 12 months.
Legislators are contemplating an amendment to a public officers law that may permit candidates to stay in contiguous counties, similar to Erie and Monroe.
Necessities for election ballot employees have additionally been revised.
“All counties are having a tough time getting ballot employees,” County Supervisor Matt Landers stated. “We’re going after a brand new demographic.”
Individuals 18 and older can apply for the place, and county workers are selling it as a chance to make some additional money.
“That is the sort of stuff that we’re gonna be concentrating on. So Steven, bounce proper on that, together with assembly with all of the division heads and revamping our web site,” Landers stated. “However issues that come to thoughts that you just need assistance with or need assist or concepts for initiatives, you already know, Steven goes to be important for us in that regard.”
As for Falitico’s new position, the county’s contract with e3 Communications out of Buffalo will finish on Sept. 30. It was evident, Landers stated, that “as nice a job as e3 was doing … you may’t change an individual.”
“There’s nuances, having an individual embedded who understands what is going on on, and making modifications right here and there and actually make it make a distinction,” he stated. “So we’re thrilled to have Steven and wish to just remember to had a chance to fulfill him.”
Prime Picture: Steven Falitico, being launched to members of Genesee County Legislature on Wednesday; County Supervisor Matt Landers discusses Falitico’s position as Assistant Supervisor Tammi Ferringer listens. Photographs by Joanne Beck.